Activists Stage “Die In” In Protest Of Oil Trains At Safeco Field

As the gates to Safeco Field opened for the Mariners vs. Angels game, thousands of fans streamed past a rally held near Century Link Field in protest of oil trains that pass the stadiums on a daily basis. Seattle City Council Member Kshama Sawant spoke at the rally and joined the demonstration as they marched from Century Link to Safeco in a silent procession holding photos and names of the 47 people who died in Lac-Mégantic Quebec during an oil train explosion in 2013.

Safeco Field and Century Link Field both sit within 200 yards of a rail line that sees several trains pulling the same Baaken Crude that exploded in Lac-Mégantic. The same rails carry Baaken laden trains through a tunnel that sit directly beneath downtown Seattle, including the King County Administration Building, Benaroya Hall, and Pike Place Market, not to mention several hotels and businesses and the thousands of people downtown at any given moment.

From the Facebook event page…

“On July 11th at 5:30 pm at 656 Occidental Way, join us to stop oil trains in Seattle!

On July 6, 2013, an oil train exploded in Lac Megantic, Quebec, killing 47 people. Two years later, and big oil is pushing harder than ever to move more and more oil trains through North America, while oil trains keep exploding, and carbon emissions keep rising.

The new US Department of Transportation rules on oil train safety will not protect the 25 million Americans who live in the oil train blast zone, because there is NO safe way to transport extreme tar sands and Bakken crude.

Attendees please wear black. The rally will begin at 5:30PM to be followed by a processional (an 8 minute walk) to Safeco Field. We will perform a die in or silent, standing vigil in front of Safeco Field representing the 47 lives lost in the Quebec tragedy.

Please arrive by 5:15PM if you are willing to hold a sign or prop during the event. There will be music, voices from labor and front-line communities and a vision of a fossil free future.

No more exploding trains. No more Bakken oil or tar sands. Join our event on July 11th!

We will meet at 656 Occidental Ave South (next to Century Link Field parking lot).

Host Contact Info: davidperk@comcast.net or holmeskatherine@hotmail.com” – Seattle Oil Train Rally and Vigil

Workers, Activists, and Union Supporters Picket And Rally At Grand Hyatt And Olive 8 Hyatt In Seattle

More than 100 activists and union supporters joined together with Unite Here Local 8 workers and union members to picket and persuade possible occupants to boycott the Hyatt. While the majority of activists continued a picket of the Grand Hyatt, a small group broke off and began a picket at the Olive 8, a new location for demonstrations in Seattle.

From the Unite Here Local 8 press release…

“Workers and community supporters continue to support Hyatt workers in a rally and picket line in front of the Grand Hyatt Seattle. Please join us!

When: Wednesday, July 8, 4:30pm – 6:00pm

Where: Grand Hyatt Seattle, 721 Pine Street

Background:

Workers at the Grand Hyatt at the Hyatt at Olive 8 called for a boycott in August 2013, and it is still gaining momentum in the community. So far, seven customers have moved events out of the Seattle Hyatts, the most recent being Lake Washington Girls Middle School. The Middle School moved within days of their event to support workers. The city-wide convention of the Specialty Coffee Association of America has altered plans to support the boycott. In addition, over 20 state representatives and senators and over 30 non-profits and community groups have endorsed the boycott.

After years of struggling for dignity and respect on the job, workers have called for a fair process to form a union. In July of 2013, UNITE HERE and Hyatt Hotels at the corporate level reached a national agreement on such a process, which has gone forward at other Hyatts in the U.S. So far, the local owner of the Grand Hyatt Seattle and Hyatt at Olive 8 has refused to implement the agreed elections process in Seattle.”

Duwamish Respond To Federal Decision Against Tribal Recognition

Duwamish Chairperson Cecile Hansen speaks to the press and those concerned for Native rights who have gathered at the Duwamish Longhouse in Seattle to decry the Bureau of Indian Affair’s decision that the Duwamish tribe did not meet the federal guidelines for tribal recognition. While the Duwamish did receive recognition in 2001, it was since rescinded. The Duwamish were some of the first people in the Puget Sound area and Seattle’s name was take from the Chief of the Duwamish, Chief Sealth. Cecile Hansen reminded that group that “We are still here” and Ken Workman, of the Duwamish, performed Chief Seattle’s Thunder Song . Members of other tribes were in attendance and promised continued respect and recognition in addition to performing songs important to them.

From the press release…

“Immediate Release, Seattle, WA

DUWAMISH TRIBE—We Are Still Here

The Duwamish Tribe responds to the July 2nd Bureau of Indian Affairs determination against tribal recognition.

Chief Seattle’s Duwamish Tribe has never abandoned its tribal relations. We are the Duwamish Tribe that signed the Point Elliot Treaty.  We will continue to fight on.

There is ample precedence for the federal recognition of Point Elliot Treaty historic tribes in addition to the reservations–the historic Upper Skagit, Sauk-Suiattle, Stillaguamish, Samish and Snoqualmie Tribes have all been acknowledged since the 1970’s.

We find it disingenuous that the Bureau has labeled the Duwamish Tribe as a new 1925 organization in their attempt to create the scenario that we are not the continuing tribe.  The Duwamish organized under a written constitution in 1925 to be more powerful in perusing its tribal rights. The Clinton administration recognized this change as evidence of tribal continuity in its 2001 positive determination of the Duwamish Tribe.   The Clinton Administration reviewed the petition under the fundamental tenet of Federal Indian Law that statues and regulations enacted for the benefit of Indian Tribes are to be interpreted in their favor.

Does the BIA know us?  They appear to be clueless.  We will probably never get the original hard copy of this decision.  The Bureau of Indian Affairs is apparently mailing the decision to an old Burien address we have not been at for 10 years.   The BIA is ignoring the obvious–We are still here and thriving at the Duwamish Longhouse.

The following is the heartfelt statement of Duwamish Tribal Chairperson Cecile Hansen.  Cecile– a great, great, great, grandniece of Chief Seattle–has been the Duwamish Tribal Chairwoman for 40 years.

“In the eyes and mind of our people, the Duwamish Tribe does exist.  We are extremely disappointed (yet again) in the BIA’s “dehumanizing” decision to do away with our existence according to the rulings that were made in the past.

Please check the history of all Washington Tribes who sought to be recognized by the BIA since the 70’s and are now considered to be legitimate tribes.  There is room for us all.  Unfortunately, the task of conquering the process of proving our own existence has eluded the Duwamish despite our long history dating back thousands of years.  

Chief Seattle’s Duwamish people were friendly to the first pioneers and city fathers.  We sacrificed our land to make the City of Seattle a beautiful reality.  We are still waiting for our justice. 

 The Duwamish Tribe completed the first regulations and endured the long, long, long waiting period receiving (2) preliminary negative determinations over the years.  Finally, we succeeded and were recognized by the Clinton Administration in 2001, to only have it taken away by President Bush eight months later.  Under this appeal process, we have again been denied our rightful place in the history of Seattle.  Is all complete in the business of the total genocide of the Duwamish People ~ the people of Chief Sealth for whom our great city is named?

SHAME ON THE BUREAU OF INDIAN AFFAIRS!”

Contact:

Cecile Hansen, Duwamish Tribal Chairperson

Office Phone:  206-431-1582

Duwamish Tribe denied federal recognition, Seattle Times, July 3, 2015

http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/puget-sound/duwamish-tribe-denied-federal-recognition/

BIA July 2, 2015 letter to Cecile Hansen

http://www.bia.gov/cs/groups/public/documents/text/idc1-030828.pdf

July 2, 2015 Summary Judgement Against the Duwamish Tribal Organization

http://www.bia.gov/cs/groups/public/documents/text/idc1-030830.pdf

2/22/2013 Motion to Remand Duwamish Petition for Reconsideration

https://turtletalk.files.wordpress.com/2013/03/dct-order-granting-hansen-motion.pdf

Duwamish Tribal Recognition Act, H. R. 2176This bill was assigned to a congressional committee on April 30, 2015, I114th CONGRESS, 1st Session

https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/114/hr2176/text

Written Testimony of Michael Anderson….July 15, 2009

http://www.westseattleherald.com/sites/robinsonpapers.com/files/Testimony%20of%20M%20Anderson%20for%20%20%27Legislative%20Hearing%20on%20H%20R%20%202678%27%20copy.pdf

Rally and March in Solidarity With The Charleston 9 Brings Over 1000 People to The Streets of Seattle

There was standing room only at the First African Methodist Episcopal Church in Seattle as hundreds packed the muggy hall to hear words of praise and encouragement and messages of peace from local clergy and city leaders. The deaths of nine bible study members at the hands of a white supremacist terrorist hit very close to home for many and controversy over confederate flags and the burning of 7 black churches in the South stirred emotions and raised righteous anger. After the brief rally, demonstrators gathered outside and began the march, stopping at Mt. Calvary for a small rally and water break. After making their way to MLK Jr. Park, demonstrators gathered for another rally with music and additional messages from local clergy.

“Violence against and upon Black People must be stopped. The blind hatred toward People of Color has to come to an end. The extension of genocide that is being done to our people through mass incarceration; gentrification; police brutality; and vigilante violence is wrong, unethical, and anti-American. If we cannot feel safe in our own churches and homes, then where can we feel safe” – ‘BLACK LIVES MATTER: Solidarity March’ Facebook event

Swedish First Hill Hospital Sees Picket Of Several Hundred SEIU Members and Supporters

Nearly 1000 workers and supporters of SEIU gathered at the Swedish Hospital on First Hill in Seattle to picket understaffed hospitals and worsening healthcare. According to Swedish First Hill workers, three months of negotiations have brought them less than favorable health insurance, with high deductibles and high costs of office visits, leaving some in debt to the same institutions where they provide health care to the public.

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray spoke to the crowd, promising his support, “I want to join you in calling for a swift, fair resolution to this labor dispute, and any new contract…must demonstrate the same level of care to your employees as you show your patients…a new contract must ensure that those who work in a hospital have access to affordable health care.”

Joining Mayor Murray were Seattle City Council Members Kshama Sawant, Mike O’Brien, Bruce Harell, Jean Godden, and King County Council Members Larry Gossett and Rod Debowski who all spoke in support of the nurses, healthcare workers, and hospital staff who joined the picket for a continuation of the same quality insurance they had before Providence took over Swedish Hospitals.

Earlier in the day, demonstrators protested understaffed shifts and poor health insurance around the region before joining together for a major picket against Providence/Swedish on First Hill. Protestors lined both sides of Broadway and received countless honks and waves in support of the picket. Pat O’Brien is a Post Partum Charge Nurse and has worked at Swedish First Hill for 36 years, “We have some things on the table that talk about safe staffing, a decent living wage, and better insurance…”. After twelve sessions (or three months) of sitting at the bargaining table, the negotiators have refused to listen to the proposals set forward by SEIU Healthcare workers.

From the Facebook event page…

Swedish-Providence made $110 million in profit in 2014 and Providence paid its CEO $1.9 million in 2013. It can afford good care and good jobs but would rather make its CEO rich and bank a huge profit.

Nurses and healthcare workers are speaking out because we need more staffing to give our patients the care they need. Caregivers, some of whom are in collections to Swedish-Providence for care we received in the hospital where we work, need relief from our high healthcare costs. And we need an investment in our work that allows us to support our families rather than fall behind.

We’ll picket at Edmonds, Ballard, Issaquah, First Hill, Cherry Hill, Redmond, Mill Creek from 12 noon – 2pm on July 1 and then end the day with a big rally and picket at First Hill from 4-6:30pm.

We are standing up for good care, good jobs, and access for all at Swedish-Providence. Join us!

www.careforseattle.com” – Rally & Picket for Good Care and Good Jobs at Swedish-Providence

2015 Seattle Pride Parade

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Trans Pride Seattle 2015

June 26th, 2015 Trans Pride Seattle kicks off Pride weekend in Seattle with a march to support those in the Transgender community as they continue their struggle for justice and dignity. Hundreds gathered at Seattle Central before marching and were joined by a lone Bible beater with a sign. Although he was asked to leave by both organizers and police, he did not, and according to organizers the police took no further action, although the organizers had a permit and felt harassed. The bigot was mostly ignored as those at the rally were far to busy having a good time and celebrating to pay attention to him. The Christian fundamentalist eventually found himself “glitterbombed”. Marchers took a route through Capitol Hill down Broadway to Pike, up Pike to 11th, and into Cal Anderson Park, where they were joined by hundreds of others. Booths from organizations like the Ingersoll Gender Center, Gender Justice League, Gay City Health and API Chaya were set up to provide information and get people involved in the community. Mayor Ed Murray spoke briefly and declared June 26th, 2015 to be Transgender Pride Day in Seattle.

From transprideseattle.org ” Trans* Pride Seattle: Trans* Pride Seattle is an annual event organized by Gender Justice League in association with local organizations who support the Seattle-area trans* and gender non-conforming community. Supporting organizations for Trans* Pride Seattle from past years include (but are not limited to) the GBSA, Café Vita, The Pride Foundation, Gay City Health Project, and Social Justice Fund Northwest. Trans* Pride Seattle is open to everyone who believes trans* and gender non-conforming people deserve to live lives free from violence, discrimination, stigmatization, poverty, hatred, rejection, medical abuse and neglect, and mental pathologization. We encourage the participation of groups, organizations, and individuals in the trans* and gender non-conforming community and those offering services directly to our community. The Mission The goal of Trans* Pride Seattle is to increase the strength of the trans* and gender non-conforming community and its allies, both within and beyond Seattle, through increased visibility, decreased isolation, increased connection and love, and the celebration of our amazing lives. Together as a community we do more than survive, we thrive; creating collective endeavors that support our needs as parents, children, friends, lovers, students and workers; building space within the various communities to which we belong to participate fully, as our entire selves; and fighting for freedom, rights and respect in society. Trans* Pride Seattle is a vital step in this journey. Trans* Pride Seattle seeks to show our numbers, share our ideas, and call for an end to the violence, discrimination, stigmatization, poverty, hatred, rejection, medical abuse and neglect, and mental health pathologization that trans* and gender non-conforming people face. We aim to increase the visibility and acceptance of Seattle’s vibrant trans* and gender non-conforming communities by recruiting allies and engaging the wider community on trans* issues while celebrating our rich diversity, strength, and beauty. The Date Trans* Pride Seattle takes place on the Friday before Seattle’s Pride Festivities (the last weekend in June).  Trans* Pride Seattle 2015 will take place on June 26th. The March starts at 6:00pm (assembly beginning at 5pm), with festivities in Cal Anderson running from 6:45pm to 10:00pm. The March Trans* Pride Seattle starts with a march. We assemble at the courtyard north of Seattle Central Community College for the march at 5:00pm. At 6:00pm we begin to march down Broadway towards Pike Street where we turn left, march east on Pike Street and then left onto 11th. The March will end with a rally and celebration in Cal Anderson Park. The Rally Trans* Pride Seattle is proud to curate a diverse and powerful group of speakers and performers from around the United States. A few speakers from select local organizations will also be taking the stage to discuss their work and the services and opportunities they offer.  In addition, there will be an information and resource fair with a wide variety of community groups and organizations doing outreach. There’ll also be food trucks and our beloved community out in full force! And You The Trans* Pride Seattle events in 2013 and 2014 were both a smashing success, with participation by thousands of community members and allies. We received the support and involvement of a wide range of community organization as well as coverage by local, national and international media. Let’s continue the tradition and make 2015’s Trans* Pride Seattle an unforgettable gathering, celebration and rallying cry heard around the world. Please help us out by donating and joining us in volunteering .”